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WELCOME TO PLANET VIRTUAL BOY!
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Welcome to the third dimension! On this site you will learn everything about Nintendo's Virtual Reality experiment, the Virtual Boy. Released back in 1995 only in Japan and North America, the system failed all along the line and disappeared from the market less than a year later, quietly and without any official word. Only 22 games were released for the Virtual Boy during its short lifespan. Here we want to build a memorial for this unique oddity of videogame history. Dedicated to its brilliant creator, Gunpei Yokoi.


8
Oct

Support Team VUEngine on Patreon

Jorgeche and me have spent the past few weeks working on a Patreon crowdfunding campaign to take our Virtual Boy homebrew endevours to a whole new level. The ultimate goal is nothing less than to become full-time independent game developers and release regular new, high quality Virtual Boy games plus even better tools to create your own.

We want to engage this amazing community to closer collaborate on bringing new high quality homebrew software to the Virtual Boy. Everybody can contribute in some way to make this possible. If not through code, assets, media coverage or such, you can now lend a hand through monthly monetary donations.

With your support, we want to further improve the VUEngine and create full games with it. Furthermore, we aim to make the engine even more accessible to other developers by completing the documentation, creating tutorials and building new tools.

Through this campaign, we hope to raise enough monthly donations to be able to work less on our jobs and instead spend that precious time working on cool Virtual Boy stuff. It would be absolutely incredible if we were able to turn our passion into a part-time or even full-time job.

Sounding good? Please check out our campaign on Patreon and help us make the dream a reality!

21
Sep

Kevin Mellott interviewed

hawk1010 has done an interview with our man Kevin Mellott for NintendoFuse's IndustryTalk series. Kevin has recently released a commercial quality Virtual Boy Link Cable that brought multiplayer to the masses and reignited development of capable homebrew titles. He is now working on more amazing accessories like a USB Link cable which promises to bring online(!) gaming to the Virtual Boy, a VB controller to USB adapter and other, as-of-yet unannounced projects which he might hint at during the interview... A highly recommended watch!

18
Sep

Virtual Boy 3D Test

M.K. has uploaded a new short video clip to his semi-secret Youtube channel. It shows a spaceship made of filled polygons, flying through some gates in a nice, fluid motion. A hint at his next game perhaps? Excitement!

3
Sep

Insecticide released CIB

VirtualChris' homebrew fighting game "Insecticide" has recently seen a physical release, featuring artwork by Jacek, winner of the label content. The game was available at Uncle Tusk for $90 + shipping, but the small batch of 25 copies has sold out quickly.

5
Aug

Mario's Tennis multiplayer modes have been restored

Like numerous other Virtual Boy titles, Mario's Tennis was going to support the GameLink Cable to offer multiplayer modes, a fact that was even mentioned in an early In-Store promotional video. After the GameLink Cable got cancelled, naturally none of the commercially released games contained any type of simultaneous multiplayer mode.

It was long believed that Mario's Tennis did not even contain any leftover multiplayer code - until M.K. went to great lengths to find and restore exactly that! He just released a patch that restores 2 of 3 game modes (P1 vs P2 and P1/COM vs P2/COM) to a fully working state. The third mode (P1/P2 vs COM/COM) is buggy and won't be fixed until any Virtual Boy emulator implements full link cable emulation to shorten debugging and testing times to a healthy amount. While Reality Boy does offer network-based link cable emulation, it lacks support for the respective interrupts, which Mario's Tennis' multiplayer modes depend on.

Check out the release thread for a brief summary of the discovery and restoration process as well as the patch download.

If you're eager to play some Mario's Tennis multiplayer now and got a friend with another Virtual Boy and flash cart nearby, you might be interested in Kevin Mellot's fantastic homemade link cable. For everbody else, M.K. has released a video of the Mario's Tennis multiplayer in action.